October 6, 2018 Subject:
3rd show in Holy Trilogy, always compared to 2nd
The "trilogy" is weighty due to the fame of the meat in the sandwich: Barton. This show is the slightly less consistent of the three - and probably the lesser known as a result - but still has rocket high points and an incredible 1st set. Seems like everybody discovers this show eventually, out of the curiosity of being "the show after". The trilogy is good enough throughout that the appeal will likely be swayed by just finding your favorite setlist. That said, there are two other equal or better three-in-a-rows in '77: 12-27>12/30; 5/19>5/22; & the best two back-to-backs ever (both A+): 5/21/77 and 5/22/77
5/7/77 - B+ A few more high points; less flowing
5/8/77 - A- Most consistent show; best flow; fewer highest points
5/9/77 - A- Least consistent but biggest high points
Not that ranking these is a necessary exercise - you have all three, you listen to them annually and apply them as salve for life's ailments. You don't master them, you simply live in the same time/space as them. You cogitate alongside them, ruminate, live inside them, lay on their couches and occasionally dust in their corners. Sometimes you take them out to dinner and they do the same. When you're too baked, they drive. They remind you when it's 4: 19, and they are always up for a road trip.
First Set. The 1st set of this show is better than the 2nd (since it's one of the best 1st sets ever, that's unsurprising). Like much of May '77, they're hot from the start. Slipknot! is ferocious for this early in a show. There's a slight dip from Cassidy to Mexicali but that's only relative. The rest is absolute gold. Tennessee is bouncy-jolly and on Big River Jer plays like he's fighting a marlin, reeling and running, reeling some more; and the solo is a glorious mess. Peggy-O is almost perfect, followed by a Sunrise that's in the top 3, and a Music Never Stopped that catches fire - on the official there's a 26sec edit (@ 6: 41), right at the peak of the solo. This is patched with AUDs on the best sources.
Second Set. The set is great, but FWIW it's the most inconsistent set of the Holy Trilogy. It starts funkier than usual, but with an oddly mellow Bertha. Good Lovin' even gets a bit sloppy, but it's followed by an A+ Ship. Brisk, crisp beats back Bobby arpeggios and slide-offs, making it one of the best versions ever. After a nearly perfect Estimated Prophet, the Other One is the best one of the tour; maybe the year. On the official release, Not Fade is patched with 8Jun77 from 1: 40 > 2: 07. Maybe not the whopper from the day before, but still great, with an end jam that's bluesy and interesting. After NFA the set flags somewhat, with the exception of this Comes a Time. As much as this was played it was rarely this solid and never had an end jam quite like this. The last couple never really gel.
1st Set: A+ 2nd Set: B
Overall = 5 stars
Entire 1st set is one big career highlight with just a slight dip in the middle
Ship of Fools - Best of '77?
Estimated - excellent
The Other One - one of year's best
Comes a Time - even if it isn't a fave this will win you
SOURCES: The 123480_sbd_miller SBD has all the gaps excellently patched with AUDs, and is the best one (of so many out there) - I think. May 1977: Get Shown adds little to this source, cuts the tunings, edits half the solo from MNS, and uses another show to patch NFA.
guit30 - thank you; glad I've helped - it depends what for
This is a very good show. Love Comes a Time, Ship of fools, The opening, "Help on the Way, Slipnot, Franklin Towers" is incredible.
Want to say that I really appreciate the reviews of "Mind Wandering", reviewer below me , He is an excellent review source. Is there any way to contact him?
May 10, 2016 Subject:
Don't you see!!!
They get into some good spaces here.
Probably in the order played
Ship of Fools
Comes a Time
When they are just jamming during Comes a Time
it reminds me of some very laid back jazz
that I might have picked out at Tower Records back in the Day. i am sure i could play that for most non-heads and they would have no clue that it is the Dead.
Also if anybody can hear Donna sing SUNRISE and not be impressed it is kinda like looking at the beauty of a fine rose or smelling its wonderful fragrance but then only complaining about its thorns.
May 10, 2016 Subject:
There's no bottom of the well to May '77 - Cornell's better than Buffalo, but this one's no slouch at all - some highlights:
*Slipknot tethers together what may very well be THE rendering of the H>S>F suite. Amazing. Certainly begins the show with a bang.
*NFA > Comes a Time is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music from the tour. The former is shamelessly groovy (better than Cornell, dare I say)...the transition is on a dime, and listen to the final notes drift off - only a band in total, absolute control over its own material.
So Buffalo, yeah....great as usual for May.
May 9, 2014 Subject:
Speaking as a musician....
Sometimes, after a great night or two of music, you just can't wait to get out there and do it again, because you know you're on a roll and you literally can not wait to see what happens next! I have a strong feeling that after the preceeding two shows, the boys (and girl) were eager to see if they could pull it off again.
Sounds like they succeeded in that regard!
May 9, 2013 Subject:
36 years ago today..
The capping night to perhaps the best multi-venue, three-night run the Dead ever pulled off. From the start of my favorite Help>Slip>Franklin's through a poignant Comes a Time and rockin' Sugar Mags close..turn it up and enjoy this gem.
Thanks to again Charlie Miller - your shows are the best time and time again on archive.
April 21, 2013 Subject:
January 22, 2013 Subject:
A classic upgraded
Wow a Charlie Miller remaster of a show in a lot of people's top 10 all time. After a quick sampling of each song, it really sounds noticeably improved. Always felt the audio quality of this show was just a shade under most Betty boards of this tour. Not anymore! Sound is a lot brighter and has more clarity and punch, without a huge volume increase, a great remastering job! very excited to listen to this all the way through. I feel like it's 1990 again, when the show was unknown and new to me, and recalling the excitement i had of the tapes arriving in the mail. You know the highlights of this one, no need to rehash what most people here have heard and read about.. Thank you Mr Miller!